Legislation Affecting the Judiciary:
What Judges Need to Know on
September 1, 2015
By Hon. Alfonso Charles
session was a very interesting
session for the Judiciary.
There were several bills filed targeting
or impacting the courts of this state.
This article discusses some of the
major changes that will become law
on September 1, 2015. This is not
a complete list of all bills passed
that will concern the judiciary, but
it covers the major changes that will go
into effect on September 1. A more detailed paper and
discussion will be had at the Annual Judicial Conference
on September 28, 2015. All the new laws are effective
September 1, 2015 unless indicated otherwise.
Family Law Bills
SB 814 by Sen. Rodriguez:
This amends section 6.4035
of the Family Code. Under this new law, digital waivers
on family law cases to remove disability of minor change
name, or suits affecting parent child relationship are not
allowed. Further, the waiver must contain the mailing
address of the individual executing the waiver. This section
does not apply to a person who is incarcerated.
SB 815 by Sen. Rodriguez:
This new law amends
section 6.501 (a) of the Family Code and updates
standard divorce temporary restraining order language
to include technology. Examples include that a party
may not threaten or harass the other party by electronic
messaging, electronic voice messaging or video chat. The
bill further includes references to intellectual property
and social media.
SB 822 by Sen. Rodriguez:
This bill creates Chapter 47
of the Family Code and attempts to provide clarification of
definitions of ad litems, amicus, and guardian ad litems in
family law cases.